Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chopped Vegetable Salad

One of the rare times Claude and I went on a "real" date, I ordered an amazing salad from the Cheesecake Factory.  This was a few years ago, but this salad made such an impact that I found myself wanting a giant plateful of it last week.  So, I did a little research to find out all that is in the salad and I went to work shopping, chopping, and chomping away on this salad.

This recipe will make a TON of salad...just be warned.  For a little perspective, the plate pictured above is bigger than my head.  Two weeks in a row I have prepared all of the ingredients, stored them in plastic bags, and had a gigantic plate of salad every day of the week.  So, if you follow the quantities listed below, you either want to make this for a gathering of people or to eat for a week.  Either way, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Chopped Vegetable Salad
6 large servings

-1 head romaine
-1 head radicchio
-1 bunch asparagus
-2 cups fresh green beans
-2 granny smith apples
-1 can beets
-1 large cucumber
-8 oz. extra sharp white cheddar
-1/2 cup radishes, optional
-1/2 red or Vidalia onion, optional
-2 cups edamame, optional
-Pomegranate vinaigrette or your favorite dressing*

1. Chop all ingredients and place in individual plastic bags (except apples) or place in a large salad bowl.
2. To keep apples from turning brown, place in a large bowl and cover with cold water.  Add some lemon juice (I don't measure it, but you probably want around 1/4 cup).  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Drain but do not rinse.  Store in plastic bags or add to the salad bowl.
3. Add your favorite dressing.  Enjoy!

*A Note About Dressing:  Last week I used Pomegranate Vinaigrette (whatever brand was the best price in the grocery store).  This week I used a Light Poppy Seed dressing.  Both are good, but I recommend a vinaigrette, especially something fruity, as it really compliments the flavors of the salad ingredients.  In my opinion, something heavy and creamy (ie-Ranch or Blue Cheese) would not work well with this salad.

1 comment:

  1. This looks fantastic. I've been craving salad big time lately! Tried to order one at Denny's today (the kids insisted on pancakes and we caved in), it was so disgusting I sent it back and ended up with a Taco Bell salad instead. blah, I so much prefer home made.